Tim Will, 2009 Purpose Prize Winner: Revitalizing an Appalachian Community’s Economy by Linking Local Farmers to Chefs
March 3, 2010
Please read this article from Encore.org about Tim Will, a 61-year-old resident of Rutherfordton, N.C., who was one of the 10 winners of the 2009 Purpose Prize, an annual award given out by Encore Careers to social innovators over the age of 60 – individuals in the second half of life who are using their accumulated experience to take on some of America’s most pressing problems. Tim, a telecommunications executive who brought broadband to Rutherford County and created an online ordering system that enables local farmers to sell their produce directly to Charlotte restaurants, was one of five $100,000 award winners. Among the many highlights of this great article, Tim’s story provides an exciting example of how to use today’s technological innovations to make locally grown food, such as produce from community gardens, available in restaurants and other local businesses in such a way that it has a profound impact on a the local economy as well.